Jobs & application tools
We can help you plan your career, find a job or internship and guide you through the careed development process. Whether you meet one of our qualified consultants, use our printed and online tools and resources, or benefit from the current opportunities on UC CareerHub, we can work with you to help you meet your goals.
Sell your skills and strengths with your CV, cover letter and LinkedIn profile
A well-planned and written CV and cover letter makes a vital good first impression. Find out how to make the most of your skills and experiences by using our Guide to Job Hunting brochures, which include examples and templates for CVs, as well as general job seeking strategies.
There is also a career development programme on LEARN.
Job vacancy websites
Many graduate jobs are formally advertised online. The following sites are a starting point for graduate job seekers, but you should also do your research to find unadvertised opportunities.
- UC CareerHub - a student and graduate job website providing a link between students, graduates, employers and Careers, Internships & Employment.
- Looking for a job in different regions around New Zealand? Click here to find out more about the Regional Job Matcher tool created by Careers New Zealand and how it can help you.
- Careers New Zealand contains an extensive job vacancies links section in a range of industries and sectors in New Zealand and internationally.
- Going Global provides useful information on working in many different countries around the world. Information includes: CV & resume advice, interview advice, job websites, cultural advice, plus much more.
- Graduate Careers Australia (GCA) contains a 'search for work' section for finding graduate positions in Australia and abroad.
- Graduate Opportunities is Australasia's premier graduate jobs directory and annually publishes books with student and graduate job opportunities.
- Prospects is the UK's official, leading provider of information, advice and opportunities to students and graduates. It includes information on working and studying in over 50 different countries around the world.
- Inside Buzz has helpful tips on finding work in the UK, including being able to download free career guides, job vacancies, careers advice, plus much more.
CareerHub is an online database of job, internship and scholarship opportunities. We also advertise events on the site, and book appointments.
- Find out more about CareerHub
Specialist job vacancy websites
Careers, Internships & Employment advises you to:
- Do a background and reference check for teaching English as a second language organisations before applying
- Understand the visa requirements of the country you want to work in
- Check with the New Zealand based Foreign Embassy of the country you are applying to work in if you have any further questions/concerns
- Keep up-to-date with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade advice for New Zealanders travelling and living overseas
- Go to UC CareerHub to find out more about TESOL or other international internship opportunities
These organisations have been reference checked for UC CareerHub:
- The Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand is the professional and regulatory body for teachers in English and Māori medium settings for early childhood, schools and other related education institutions.
New Zealand and International
- UC CareerHub lists a range of national and international opportunities for teacher education graduates.
- The New Zealand Education Gazette Online is published for the Ministry of Education. Vacancies are available on the site within two working days of their submission. Click on 'Subscribe to Vacancies'. You can register for the vacancy alert system to email you each time a new vacancy matches your search criteria. It is free and you can unsubscribe at any time.
Sport and recreation
- Sport New Zealand provide a free job service for the New Zealand sports and recreation sector. They also post vacancies for high-level jobs in overseas sport organisations.
Careers, Internships & Employment would encourage you to get information on where jobs are posted in your field from an academic member of staff within your department.
Careers, Internships & Employment advises you to:
- Look on UC CareerHub
- Read the VSA and Global Education Centre publication Volunteering Overseas -Your guide to volunteering in a developing country.
- Read the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Safe Travel website for advice for New Zealanders living or travelling overseas.
- Know the visa requirements for the country you want to work in.
- Reference check any organisations you are considering applying to.
- Check with the New Zealand based Foreign Embassy of the country you are applying to if you have any further questions.
- Volunteering Canterbury contains volunteer opportunities not-for-profit non-government organisations in the Canterbury region.
- Volunteering New Zealand (VNZ) is an association of regional volunteer centres and national organisations with a strong commitment to volunteering.
- Asia New Zealand Foundation
- Bridges Across Borders Southeast Asia Community Legal Education
- International Student Volunteers mission is to support sustainable development initiatives around the world through life-changing volunteer and responsible adventure travel programs that educate, inspire and result in more active global citizens.
- Bamboo places volunteers in community projects throughout the world.
- Oxfam have internship and volunteer opportunities internationally.
- World Vision New Zealand offer a variety of ways to volunteer and contribute nationally and internationally.
- UN Careers contains information on internships available throughout the United Nations system and other international organisations.
Disclaimer: UC is not responsible for the content, reliability or activities of any externally linked site, and nor does it necessarily endorse the views expressed within them. Any questions should be directed to the administrators of the specific site.
Opportunities on campus
Why not get paid while you study?
UC's Disability Support Service pays for lecture notes to ensure students with disabilities have equal opportunities to access a university education. Good quality lecture notes are paid for as required. Find out more about how you can participate in the scheme.
Make an express appointment with a Careers consultant to get help with:
- CVs, cover letters and application forms
- Job search strategies
- Interview preparation
- Understanding your career options
- Career-based study choices
- Applying for vacancies through CareerHub
Express appointments are held on weekdays between 10am and noon and take about 20 minutes. They are ideal if you need help with a CV or cover letter, or with using CareerHub.
If a longer appointment is necessary, a career counselling session is a better option.
Need help deciding what degree or courses you should enrol for? Unsure about the job prospects for your degree? Want to know how to make the most out of your time at UC? Wondering if postgraduate study is right for you?
You can work one-on-one with a qualified Career Consultant to discuss your options. We can also show you how to start researching the current job prospects in your chosen area.
Appointments are for half an hour to an hour, to allow time to provide the assistance you need to make an informed decision. Book an appointment on CareerHub.
A range of seminars are regularly delivered throughout the academic year to assist you with developing your career competencies and securing and enhancing your employability. The dates and times are listed on CareerHub in the Events section, and on Careers' News, seminars and events webpage.
Seminars cover a range of topics including:
- CVs, cover letters and job applications
- How to find a job
- Job interviews
- Psychometric testing and assessment centres
- Career branding and visibility
- Social and professional networking
- Employment agreements and negotiating salary
Please register on UC CareerHub for any seminar you wish to attend.
We also offer tailored seminars in UC's Colleges.
We have created and collated a wide range of resources to help students develop strategies to plan a career that fits their skills and interests, and the skills to secure a first job.
Our "Discover Your Options" brochure series outlines strategies for all aspects of successful job searching.
Our book and DVD collections are available to borrow, and we have card-sorting exercises available to help job-seekers evaluate their interests and strengths. Come in to our office on Level 1 of the Geography building and see what is available.